One of the three most scenic views of Japan

By Orrin Heath    - 1 min read

Amanohashidate is one of the three most scenic spots in Japan, the other two being Miyajima and Matsushima. Beaches, forested mountains and a sand spit combine to create a magical sight. Located in northern Kyoto prefecture, it is a comfortable and scenic 120 minute ride from Kyoto station or 60 minutes from Maizuru's Cruise Ship Terminal. If you look at it upside down between your legs, you can visualize the sand spit being the bridge to heaven.

There are viewing spots from Amanohashidate and Ichinomiya, the two towns on either side of the sand spit. You can also walk or rent a bicycle and make your way between the two along a gentle avenue lined with over two thousand pine trees. In mid- August this is a great spot to view the Miyazu summer fireworks.

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Orrin Heath

Orrin Heath @orrin.heath

Living in northern Kyoto prefecture with my wife and baby. I love to get out and find the small hidden places.

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Justin Velgus 5 years ago
This is the one of the three scenic views I have not visited! Thanks for showing me some views to expect!
Bonson Lam 5 years ago
Orrin, this is what I want to do on vacation! Beautiful and calm cruising on the bay, feeding seagulls, the gentle sound of soft waves on the sandy beach, and being on top of the world from the chairlift! Thank you for bringing back my memories of Amanohashidate!